Everyone knows that Costa Rica is one of the best places to surf on the planet. A combination of gorgeous backdrops, warm water, and an abundance of big waves makes surfing in Costa Rica a truly magnificent experience. But before your book your surf vacation in Costa Rica, there are a few things you should know.
Pacific or Caribbean?
Costa Rica shares a coastline with both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Although both regions offer some excellent surfing, the Pacific Coast is ideal for a number of reasons. The central Pacific region in Puntarenas Province, including Playa Hermosa and Dominical, enjoy year-round big swells and also very consistent left and right breaks. In fact, Boca Barranca has a left break that goes on for more than 700 meters (half a mile)!
Partly due to luggage restrictions and partly because surfboards and other equipment can get damaged in transit, it’s usually not recommended that you bring your own surfboard for a surfing vacation in Costa Rica. Surf schools provide excellent equipment, and it’s usually easier and cheaper to rent from a local provider than bringing in your own gear from abroad.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Water
Even the best surfers will fall into the water and get a big mouthful of water up their nose on occasion. Instead of worrying about if you’ll fall off your board, just know ahead of time that you definitely will fall into the drink a few times. When this happens, just remain calm and relaxed and use your leash to get back to your surfboard.
Get Yourself Prepared
Many people are shocked to learn that even professional surfers only spend about eight percent of their time in the water actually surfing waves. The most important skill to prepare before surfing is swimming. About half of the challenge of surfing is paddling out to catch waves, so be sure that you’re in shape for spending some significant time swimming.
Sometimes, the challenge of learning how to surf can be quite frustrating, so it’s important to remember that surfing is all about fun. Regardless of how silly or clumsy you look, the goal of surfing is to enjoy your time out in the water!
If you’re ready for your first surf lesson in Costa Rica, be sure to reserve your spot at the Manuel Antonio Surf School (MASS). Based in Dominical on the Pacific Coast, MASS specializes in providing tailored coaching for first-time surfers as well as intermediate surfers who want to improve their game.
For your surf vacation in Costa Rica, choose the Manuel Antonio Surf School.